Maine Ron Paul supporters still don’t know whether they’ll be seated at GOP conventionSubmitted by DeMolay on Sun, 08/19/2012 - 14:55
AUGUSTA, Maine — As Ron Paul’s supporters in Maine pack their bags for the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., the delegates don’t even know if they’ll be seated once they get there.
The answers could become clearer this week when convention committees take up challenges to their election as delegates.
“It puts us in a very peculiar position,” said Eric Brakey, who is secretary of the Ron Paul-affiliated Maine delegation.
Brakey said all of the delegates plan to fly to Tampa, at considerable personal expense to many of them. Some have borrowed money, pooled their resources and made other arrangements in order to make the trip. “It’s really an unjust situation and could have been resolved,” he said.
At a raucous GOP state convention in May that was taken over by Ron Paul forces, supporters of the libertarian-leaning Texas congressman were elected to 21 of 24 of Maine’s delegate seats to the national convention, set for Aug. 27-30. In late July, mainstream Republicans filed a challenge to the Paul slate.